Improvised Shakespeare

“At the end of the workshop, I was doing things that I never thought I could do and thoroughly enjoying myself.”

A world of kings and queens, lovers and knights, monsters and magic. In this one introduction to improvised Shakespeare, you discover how to use iambic pentameter, metaphor and rich language to create wild, playful situations and characters based on the work of Shakespeare.

Whether you hated it at school and have never read a Shakespeare play, or know the plays backwards and can recite sonnets from memory, this course will test and stimulate you, expanding the emotional range and linguistic dexterity of your improv.

Improvisation dramatic and grand, but still playful and irreverent.

This course takes place over six Monday evenings from 7pm to 10pm at the Nursery training Centre, Capital House, 42 Weston Street, SE1 3QD and costs £110 or £90 if you book prior to two weeks in advance. Please note that course fees are non-refundable when paid.

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James Irving trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and is a principal Baritone for Grim’s Dyke Opera. He improvises in The Bumper Blyton Improvised Adventure, sings with musical ensembles Dreamweaver Quartet and The Concept and creates short absurdist plays and podcasts in duo James & I. He’s a founding member of Classic Andy and guests with international group Improbiotics Ltd.​


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